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Study Reveals Drinking hot tea could lead to esophageal cancer

This is bad news for those that love their tea hot, hot tea will not only burn your throat it will likely give you a esophageal cancer. You will have to decide if the risk is worth it.

Tea Joints

Drinking hot tea is common in the Northern part of of Nigeria, most streets corners have a “Mei Shai” joint, that is a type of local cafe where tea is brewed for customers. Sometimes the tea is served plastics of varying colors with bread or noddles. This Mei shai joints could be live saving on difficult days. Sadly the could be life risking with the recent study on drinking hot tea.

Globally, tea is a common drink , the ease of preparing it makes it very common, many do think or at least prefer it over coffee. Many like to drink their tea hot, in fact tea taste a little better when it is warn.

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The Report


Good Tea

Drinking hot or burning hot tea is associated with an increased risk for esophageal cancer when combined with excessive alcohol or tobacco use, a recent study showed.

The study, published Tuesday in the medical journal Annals of internal medicine, was conducted by Chinese researchers from the Department of epidemiology and Bio statistics at Peking University.

The study collected data from a total of 456,155 Chinese participants aged between thirty and seventy nine and lasted for an average period of over nine year.

By 2015, it found that one,731 people who did not have cancer at the initiation of the study were diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

“High-temperature tea drinking combined with either alcohol consumption or smoking was associated with a greater risk for esophageal cancer than hot tea drinking alone,” said the study.

People who drank both burning hot tea and over a standard serving of 15 grams of alcohol daily were five times as likely to develop esophageal cancer than those that drank tea and alcohol less often, the study showed.

Likewise, current smokers who drank burning hot tea daily were twice as likely to develop cancer, it added.

Hot beverages at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius could impair the barrier function of the cells lining one’s oesophagus, or food pipe, thus making it more vulnerable to cancer-causing agents or existing inflammation, CNN quoted Neal Freedman, a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, said.

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However, the study said no increase in esophageal cancer risk was seen among participants who drank hot tea if they failed to drink over 15 grams of alcohol daily and smoke tobacco.

In fact, early clinical studies suggest that polyphenols, the natural plant compounds found in tea, might play a very important role within the prevention of cancer, as researchers believe that polyphenols help kill cancerous cells and stop them from growing, according to the University of Maryland medical center.

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This study in no way stop your us from drinking tea, just be cautious at it. The study was done on Chinese race, we don’t know if the researchers will get get the same result with other race.
In that sense, tea lovers need not give up their hobby so long as they consume tea at temperatures below sixty five degrees Celsius and avoid excessive alcohol or tobacco use.



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